Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) is generally ranked with Archimedes and Newton as one of the three greatest mathematicians that ever lived. His work, in terms of its all-pervasive importance, its painstaking attention to detail, and its completely developed beauty, somehow reminds one of Beethoven, his contemporary and compatriot. Gauss was the last of the truly universal mathematicians and scientists, whose realm embraced virtually all the domains of pure and applied mathematics, astronomy, theoretical and experimental mechanics, hydrostatics, electrostatics, geodesy, magnetism, optics. . . . Gaussian as a modifier has been applied to a number of mathematical terms, and gauss is the universal unit for the intensity of magnetic force.
175 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of Gauss, matematikernas konung
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-172) and index
Translator's foreword -- Ancestry and environment -- Childhood -- The first university years -- Astronomy -- Marriage and academic advancement -- Observational errors and the calculus of probabilities -- Geodetic measurements -- Curved surfaces -- Non-Euclidean geometry -- Gauss's work in physics -- Function theory and arithmetical residues -- Personal facts about Gauss